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Man carrying replica machine gun fatally shot by Georgia police

A 63-year-old man was shot and killed by police in Monroe, Georgia, Thursday after pointing what turned out to be a replica Thompson submachine gun, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

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The incident happened about 9 a.m., when police responded to a report of a man with a gun, Monroe Public Safety Director Keith Glass said in a statement.

The man was identified as Mahlon Edward Summerour, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said in a statement, adding that Summerour appeared to be wearing a curtain over his clothing.

“During the encounter, Summerour pointed the weapon at one of the officers,” Miles said. “One officer fired a shot at Summerour, striking him in the chest. Summerour was transported to a local hospital where he later died.”

Officer-involved shootings in Georgia in 2018 are on track to surpass the 97 recorded in 2017, according to the GBI. The Monroe shooting is the 73rd such investigation the agency has opened in 2018.

Babysitter charged after 2 children found in neighborhood at night

Two children were returned to their home after a woman said they showed up at her front door, according to Middletown, Ohio, police.

The children, ages 1 and 2, were found at about 8 p.m. Tuesday, not properly clothed and barefoot, when the temperature was about 50 degrees and windy, according to a police report.

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A woman called police after she found the children at her front door. She told police she didn’t know where the children lived.

Police canvassed the area and found a home where there were toys and car seats scattered in the yard and the front gate was open. The woman who answered the door told police she was babysitting the children and other juveniles.

The mother showed up and told police she had left the children in the care of the babysitter while she went to the store.

The babysitter was issued a summons for child endangering. Police also forwarded a copy of the report to Butler County Children Services.

Suspect shot dead after pulling gun during traffic stop, injuring officer, Georgia State Patrol says

The Georgia State Patrol says a man is dead after he managed to fire a weapon that he had hidden behind his back while he was handcuffed during a traffic stop on Interstate 75 in Georgia.

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The shooting happened at exit 293 in Cartersville, near the exit ramp to Highway 411 in Bartow County.

Officials say a trooper pulled a couple over around 5 a.m. Thursday and the trooper found contraband in the car.

The female driver was taken into custody. Authorities said the male passenger originally gave a false name and, at some point, the first trooper called for backup.

When a second trooper arrived, the officers determined the man was a wanted parole violator who had been on the run for months, officials said. The troopers searched the man’s car for weapons and handcuffed his hands behind his back, according to investigators.

>> Man carrying replica machine gun fatally shot by police, cops say

The man was able to grab a weapon hidden behind his back in his pants and fired at the troopers. One of the officers was struck in the stomach, but protected by a bullet-proof vest. 

The troopers shot back at the suspect, authorities said. The man was taken to the hospital and later died, according to officials. 

The trooper was treated at the hospital and released. 

Authorities continue to investigate.

Abandoned house ordered from Sears catalog in 1920s, still standing, haunted residents say

A house built from a Sears catalog kit in the 1920s that has been abandoned for the last 20 years is becoming a popular photo stop.

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"It's kind of a ghost house," resident Michelle Jones told KRQE. "People love it for this time of year, for Halloween."

The house was built by lawyer Fred Ayers in the 1920s. It came as a kit from the Sears Roebuck and Co. catalog. The company sold about 70,000 build-it-yourself house kits under the Sears Modern Homes name from 1908 to 1940.

Members of the Ayers family, who also raise cattle on surrounding property, still own it, KRQE reported.

Some believe the doorless edifice is home to something macabre. 

"If you drive by, sometimes you can see ghosts standing in the window," resident Raul Zubia told KRQE.

It has attracted visitors hoping to snap a photos of a ghost. Some are concerned about trespassing and have had to chase people from the building.

"I just think it's wonderful that it's in our town," Jones told KRQE.

More than half of parents believe myth about flu shot, survey finds

Doctors across the country have stressed the importance of the flu vaccine. However, there are still misconceptions about the shot, according to a new report. 

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Researchers from the Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital recently conducted a study to assess parents’ attitudes about the vaccination. 

“We know that there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about the flu,” study coauthor Jean Moorjani said in a statement. “In this day and age we have so many ways to get information, so if anybody has questions or concerns, we recommend they talk to a doctor they trust to get the right information about what's best to protect themselves and their families.”

>> What is the flu? 17 things to know about flu symptoms, flu shot side effects and more

For the assessment, they surveyed 700 adults in America. After analyzing the results, they found more than half of parents with children under age 18 believe their child can get the flu from the flu shot and a third of them think the shot does not protect against the flu.

“The parts of the virus that are used in the vaccine are completely dead, so you cannot get the flu from the flu shot,” Moorjani clarified. “It takes time for your body to get strong and ready for flu season, which is why we recommend everybody get the shot as soon as they can. If you are infected with the flu shortly after getting your flu shot, your body may not be able to fight it off.”

>> CDC reminds everyone who can, to get a flu shot this year

The survey results also revealed parents question the safety of the flu shots. About 28 percent believe that it can cause autism. 

“After extensive studies, we know that the flu vaccine is safe,” Moorjani said. “You cannot get autism from the flu vaccine. It is not a conspiracy for doctors to recommend the flu vaccine. Doctors recommend it because we know -- based on science, research and facts -- that it is the best way to protect yourself and your family against the flu.”

>> Unvaccinated child dies of flu, Florida health officials say

During the 2017-2018 season, 180 children died after contracting the illness, which was the most severe on record. 

Experts recommend everyone over 6 months should get the shot. Children under the age of 8 who are receiving the shot for the first time should receive two doses spaced a month apart to build their immunity.

“As a parent,” Moorjani said, “the flu shot is just another level of protection I can give my kids, and with so many places offering flu shots, it's really simple.”

Wendy’s worker fired after calling customer ‘Chubby’ on receipt 

An employee at a North Carolina Wendy’s who called a customer “Chubby” on a receipt has been fired.

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Officials with the Carolina Restaurant Group Inc. apologized to customer Jimmy Shue and fired the employee, who has not been identified. 

Shue went to the restaurant earlier this month and ordered two sandwiches. He said he provided his name “clear as day.” However, he noticed the name “Chubby” was written on the receipt.

Another employee called out the name on the receipt when the order was ready, prompting laughter from people dining at the restaurant. 

Shue, embarrassed, left the restaurant and contacted Wendy’s corporate.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Man carrying replica machine gun fatally shot by police, cops say

State authorities are investigating a deadly shooting involving police in Monroe, officials said.

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The incident happened about 9 a.m. Thursday in the 400 block of East Marable Street in Walton County when police responded to a report of a man with a gun, Monroe Public Safety Director Keith Glass said in a statement.

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A 63-year-old man was shot and killed after police said he was carrying a gun that turned out to be a replica Thompson machine gun, WSBTV reported.

The scene is about one block from Athens Technical College’s Walton campus.

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It was one of two officer-involved shootings in Georgia on Thursday. The second was reported in Bartow County.

>> Suspect shot dead after pulling gun during traffic stop, injuring officer, Georgia State Patrol says

Officer-involved shootings in Georgia this year are on track to pass the 88 recorded in 2017, according to the GBI. The Monroe shooting is the 73rd such investigation the agency has opened in 2018.

Arby’s offering duck sandwich at some locations for hunting season

First it was venison, now it’s` duck.

Arby’s announced it is offering a seared duck breast sandwich in “very limited quantities” at some locations just in time for hunting season.

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USA Today reported that the fast-food company will start offering the sandwich Oct. 20.

“Our Duck Sandwich features a premium duck breast, smoked cherry sauce, crispy onions all on a signature Arby’s bun,” the company said on its website.

The locations where the duck sandwich will be offered are below.

  • 2731 Dorchester Square, Cambridge, Md.
  • 329 N Main St., Summerville, S.C.
  • 2741 Papermill Rd., Wyomissing, Pa.
  • 4415 Roswell Rd., Atlanta
  • 11233 Shadow Creek Parkway, Pearland, Texas
  • 1210 US Highway 2 W, Kalispell, Mont.
  • 3413 10th St., Great Bend, Kan.
  • 5540 O St., Lincoln, Neb.
  • 1191 Cherokee St., Marshall, Mo.
  • 723 E Parker Rd., Jonesboro, Ark.
  • 3333 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette, La.
  • 3210 N Kinney Coulee Rd., Onalaska, Wis.
  • 1122 S Carson St., Carson City, Nev.
  • 774 S Main St., Brigham City, Utah
  • 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., Chico, Calif.
  • 10499 SE 82nd Ave., Happy Valley, Ore.

For those unable to get to a location offering a duck sandwich, Arby’s has brought back deep fried turkey sandwiches at participating locations across the country.

In previous years, Arby’s offered venison sandwiches in six states and tested elk meat sandwiches at three Wyoming locations.

Psychologist mom crashed SUV in attempt to kill self, infant son, police say

A South Dakota woman who works as a clinical psychologist is accused of trying to kill herself and her 6-month-old son in a car crash out of fear the baby has an attachment disorder, court documents allege. 

Julia Jacquelyn Alzoubaidi, 34, of Sioux Falls, is charged with attempted premeditated first-degree murder and abuse or cruelty to a child under the age of 7, records show. The Argus Leader reported that bail has been set at $250,000. 

According to the court documents, computer data from Alzoubaidi’s Mazda CX-5 indicate she accelerated from 50 mph to 70 mph just before the crash. She never hit the brakes, the arrest affidavit says. 

KELO-TV in Sioux Falls said that Avera Health confirmed Alzoubaidi is a psychologist within the health care system. By Thursday morning, her profile page on the system’s website had been removed. 

“Our hearts go out to the Alzoubaidi family during this incredibly difficult time, and we are holding them in our prayers,” Avera Health said in a statement obtained by The Argus Leader

Sioux Falls police spokesman Sam Clemens said 911 dispatchers received a call around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday about a vehicle that had left Interstate 229 near Minnesota Avenue and rolled into a ditch. The scene of the crash is close to the Big Sioux River.  

The court documents say that Minnesota state troopers were first on the scene. 

“As they made their way to the SUV, they heard splashing and moaning near the river,” the arrest affidavit said. 

One of the troopers found Alzoubaidi facedown in the river under a bridge that crossed a culvert, the document said. He pulled her to shore, where he found her unresponsive, but breathing and shivering. 

The temperature at the time was 37 degrees, with a wind chill of 32 degrees, the affidavit said. 

Alzoubaidi’s 6-month-old son was found on the bank of the river, wet, cold and not breathing. The affidavit says the troopers began CPR and continued performing it until Sioux Falls fire medics arrived.

Both Alzoubaidi and the baby were taken to Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center for treatment. According to the arrest affidavit, the baby was rushed into the pediatric intensive care unit, where he was treated for hypothermia and aspiration pneumonia, or water in his lungs. 

Meanwhile, the first responders were unsure if there were more victims in the water. Clemens told reporters the morning of the crash that the uncertainty of the situation resulted in a large response -- 15 patrol cars from the Highway Patrol and Sioux Falls Police Department, as well as two fire trucks and a rescue unit. 

“I think part of it was they thought it was going to be a water rescue,” Clemens said. “Both of them had been in the water at some point in time. I think that was probably part of the response.”

Initially, first responders also believed more people might have been involved in the crash, but Alzoubaidi’s husband, when reached by police, was able to confirm his wife and son were likely the only people in the vehicle, Clemens said. 

See Clemens brief the media on the crash and the charges against Alzoubaidi below, courtesy of The Argus Leader.

The troopers noted that all the doors on the SUV were closed, except the door next to the infant boy’s child safety seat, and they determined that Alzoubaidi and her son were not ejected into the water.

A suicide note was found in the vehicle, the affidavit says. The note, the contents of which were included in the affidavit, indicated that Alzoubaidi believed her son had signs of reactive attachment disorder. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, reactive attachment disorder is a rare but serious condition in which an infant or young child fails to establish healthy attachments with his parents or caregivers. 

“Reactive attachment disorder may develop if the child's basic needs for comfort, affection and nurturing aren't met and loving, caring, stable attachments with others are not established,” the Mayo Clinic website says. Signs of the disorder include a failure to smile, a listless appearance, failure to seek comfort or respond when comfort is given, failure to engage in social interaction and a failure to reach out when picked up. 

“The prognosis is poor and I couldn’t let him live a life of misery and pain,” Alzoubaidi wrote in her suicide note. “Most kiddos I know with the disorder are institutionalized, suicidal and homicidal and tortured souls. (Name redacted) doesn’t deserve that.”

The note also indicated she blamed herself for her son’s condition and believed she’d caused her husband nothing but pain, the affidavit says.

Read the affidavit seeking an arrest warrant for Julia Alzoubaidi below. 

According to the document, Alzoubaidi told emergency room staff treating her that she believed her son had the disorder because he did not enjoy being held. 

“When she picked the baby up, he would cry,” the affidavit reads. “The defendant told the ER staff that her solution was to kill the baby and herself.”

Alzoubaidi’s husband told investigators that he did not worry when his wife was not in bed because she often woke during the night to feed their son or pump breast milk, the affidavit said. He did not realize anything was wrong until he was awakened by police officers knocking on the door around 4 a.m.

He told officers he was aware that his wife was concerned about the possibility of reactive attachment disorder, but he did not know his wife intended to harm their son or herself, the document says. 

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Alzoubaidi reiterated her concerns when investigators interviewed her in the hospital, the affidavit says. She said the lack of bonding she felt with her son made her feel “inadequate as a mother.”

“(Alzoubaidi) sought assistance and advice from her peers and colleagues,” the affidavit says. “This intervention helped for a time, and then she stated her thoughts would eventually turn to ending her life.”

Alzoubaidi’s husband told detectives his wife suffered from anxiety and depression, but that she had gone off her medication during her pregnancy and while breastfeeding their son, the document said. 

As of Wednesday, both Alzoubaidi and her son remained hospitalized, KELO-TV reported

Man swipes 5 cases in ‘textbook beer run,’ police say

Arlington police are asking for help to find a man who stole five cases of beer from a convenience store on Wednesday. 

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The man grabbed five cases of Bud Light and left in a gray Dodge truck, police said. 

“Here is a textbook definition of a beer run,” Arlington police wrote on social media. “This beer baron swiped five cases.”

Mega Million jackpot jumps to $970 million; Powerball prize hits $430 million

Two national lottery games – Mega Millions and Powerball – are sporting huge jackpots, topping a billion in total combined winnings.

Update 1 p.m. EDT Oct. 18: The Mega Millions jackpot rose again Thursday to an estimated $970 million Thursday, one day ahead of the next scheduled drawing.

If a person wins the jackpot, he or she will also have the option of taking the jackpot as a $548 million cash payout, according to the Mega Millions website.

Georgia Lottery officials said a bump in the estimated jackpot Wednesday was due to “brisk sales” after the jackpot rolled over from Tuesday night’s $667 million drawing, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

Update 12:52 a.m. EDT Oct. 18: The estimated jackpot for Saturday’s Powerball drawing has climbed to $430 million, according to the Powerball website.

Update 11:30 p.m. EDT Oct. 17: No one won the $345 million Powerball jackpot in Wednesday’s drawing, but five lucky players won a $1 million. The Powerball website said the winners were in Michigan and Nebraska.

Update 11:10 p.m. EDT Oct. 17: The winning Powerball

numbers for the drawing on Wednesday, Oct. 17 are: 03-57-64-68-69 and the Powerball number was 15. The jackpot is $345 million.

Update 12:10 p.m. EDT Oct. 17: The Mega Millions jackpot has swollen to $900 million ahead of  Friday’s drawing. If a person wins the jackpot, he or she will also have the option of taking the jackpot as a $513 million cash payout, according to the Mega Millions website.

The next Mega Millions drawing is set to take place Friday at 11 p.m. EDT.

Update 12:59 a.m. EDT Oct. 17: No tickets matched all six numbers in Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing. Friday’s estimated jackpot has climbed to a record $868 million, with a cash payout of $494 million, according to the Mega Millions website.

Update 11:15 p.m. EDT Oct. 16: Mega Millions numbers drawn Tuesday night were 69-45-61-3-49 and the Mega Ball was 9. It is not yet known if there is a winner.

Original report: If you have a few dollars and dreams of riches untold, the coming week could be a game-changer for you.

Two national lottery games – Mega Millions and Powerball – are sporting huge jackpots this week, now topping a billion in total combined winnings.

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The Mega Millions drawing set for Tuesday has the second largest jackpot in the game’s history, worth $667 million (or $372 million with the cash option). That breaks the game’s previous record jackpot of $656 million.  

Related: 7 biggest lottery jackpots in US history

Add to that a hefty $345 million Powerball jackpot, and you’re looking at nearly a billion dollars in lottery money being up for grabs this week.

The Powerball jackpot is the 17th largest in the game’s history. The cash payout on the $345 million would be $199 million.

Related: 7-time lottery winner shares tips for winning Powerball

How did we get the chance to play for such jackpots? You can thank all those who played and didn’t hit the jackpot. The Mega Millions jackpot has been building since July 24, the last time the grand prize jackpot was won.

The Powerball game has not seen a grand  prize winner since Aug. 11. 

The Mega Millions numbers drawn Friday were 04-24-46-61-70. The Megaball was 07. The Megaplier was 3. 

Related: Which Powerball numbers have hit most often? Will choosing them improve your odds?

One ticket sold in Arkansas matched all five numbers, but did not match the Megaball number. That winning ticket is worth $3 million because the person who purchased the ticket purchased the “Multiplier” option which tripled the $1 million prize.

The Powerball numbers drawn Saturday were 11-14-32-43-65 and the Powerball was 15. The Power Play was 3. Two players – one in Nebraska and one in Michigan – matched the five numbers, but not the Powerball number. Each of those tickets is worth $1 million.

Michigan pizza shop employee makes 225-mile delivery to cancer patient

It was just about closing time at Steve’s Pizza when Dalton Shaffer heard the phone ring. 

A man named David Dalke was on the other end. 

The pizza shop was his daughter Julie Morgan’s favorite, he said. 

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Julie and her husband Rich Morgan lived near the shop for about two years and would get a pizza for dinner on payday, the Battle Creek Enquirer reported

Even after they moved away, they compared pizzas they ate to Steve’s. None were a match. That was 25 years ago.

As a trip down memory lane and to celebrate her birthday, the Morgans planned to go to the shop for a pie in September. However, they recently found out Rich had cancer, with days, maybe weeks to live. 

They were at a hospital in Indianapolis, about 225 miles from Steve’s.

As Dalke shared this with Shaffer, 18, an assistant manager at the shop his uncle owns, the employee asked what kind of pizzas they would like. Although the shop doesn’t offer delivery, Shaffer said he would take the pies to the family. 

Dalke was overwhelmed.

“I thought maybe just some contact from Steve’s Pizza, maybe a note, I thought I might be asking too much, but I contacted them,” Dalke told the Enquirer. “It was almost like he was just making a delivery across town.”

It was around 2:30 a.m. when Shaffer delivered two 16-inch pizzas, a pepperoni and a mushroom and pepperoni. 

Shaffer refused payment for the pizzas and the three-and-a-half hour one-way drive to deliver them, although he eventually reluctantly took some money Dalke pushed into his hand, the Enquirer reported.

Dalke also offered to put him up for the night in a hotel, however, Shaffer had to work later that day. 

“I just wanted to do that for them. I just wanted to make them happy,” Shaffer told the Enquirer. “I just hope people could keep that family in mind and pray for them.” 

Julie and Rich awoke later that morning to the surprise pizzas.

“The kids all came in and told us, and I cried and couldn’t believe it,” Julie Morgan told the Enquirer.

A couple of days later, she shared the story on Facebook.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Trump threatens to close U.S.-Mexico border as migrant caravan nears

President Donald Trump threatened to deploy the military to close the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday as a group of thousands of migrants trekked toward the border from Honduras.

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Several thousand migrants journeyed from Honduras to Guatemala this week, headed for Mexico and on to the United States in hopes of escaping poverty and violence in Central America. As the caravan strung out from Guatemala City to the border, it was unclear whether those who made it the farthest would wait for their countrymen to arrive to attempt a mass crossing into Mexico.

Trump on Thursday demanded in a series of tweets that Mexican officials “stop this onslaught” before it reaches the U.S., adding that, “if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!”

The president said the issue is more pressing to him than the recently announced trade deal with Mexico and Canada that’s meant to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the USMCA,” the president wrote.

Mexican officials say the Hondurans won’t be allowed to enter as a group, and would either have to show a passport and visa — something few apparently have — or apply individually for refugee status, a process that can mean waiting for up to 90 days for approval.

Mexico’s ambassador to Guatemala, Luis Manuel Lopez Moreno, met with leaders of the caravan Wednesday and warned them that Hondurans caught without papers in Mexico would be deported. 

Immigration along the southern border has sharply increased in recent months after the Trump Administration was forced to walk back a policy that separated migrant families at the border. According to The Washington Post, Border Patrol agents arrested more than 16,600 family members last month, an 80 percent increase from arrests in July.

Trump’s tweets came one day before a scheduled meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, according to Reuters.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

'Love & Hip Hop' star Tommie Lee arrested for the second time in 48 hours

“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" star Tommie Lee was arrested for the second time in less than 48 hours Wednesday night.

WSB reported that Tommie Lee, whose real name is Atasha Chizaah Jefferson, was arrested and charged with aggravated stalking and obstruction of an officer.

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According to police paperwork obtained by WSB, Jefferson was arrested at her home in Smyrna, Georgia, around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Lee was arrested at an area middle school after she allegedly assaulted one of her daughters. She was charged with felony aggravated assault, simple battery, first-degree child cruelty and disruption of public schools.

Related: 'Love & Hip Hop' star Tommie Lee arrested at daughter's middle school

Lee posted $27,000 bond Wednesday morning and got out of jail, but she violated her bond by making contact with the daughter she allegedly assaulted on Tuesday.

She allegedly refused to come to the door when police arrived. Instead, police said, she tried hiding in her attic.

Lee is being held in the Cobb County Jail without bond. She will remain in jail indefinitely. 

Mother says Little Caesars pizza gave 2-year-old severe burns

A mother is upset after she says her 2-year-old daughter got second-degree burns on her hand from a slice of Little Caesars pizza.

Yahoo Lifestyle reported that Koddi Dunn and her family were driving home from visiting the children’s grandmother Friday night when they stopped by a Little Caesars in Lawrenceville, Georgia, for pizza.

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The family ordered and payed for a Hot-N-Ready pepperoni pizza, which, according to the company, is cooked at 550 degrees.

Dunn said she placed the pizza in the back seat and told her three children to be careful, but when one of her sons reached for a slice, sauce dripped off and landed on 2-year-old Jordyn’s hand.

Dunn said she called the restaurant and was told Hot-N-Ready pizzas are placed in 160-degree warmers after being removed from the oven.

“The employee said they were ‘really backed up’ that night, so customers were handed pizza straight from the oven,” Dunn told Yahoo Lifestyle. “Our pizza was not ready to be eaten — it was falling apart to the touch.”

Dunn said they took Jordyn to urgent care, spending about $1,000 to treat her second-degree burns. 

“The safety of our customers and employees is our highest priority. We are aware of this unfortunate incident,” Tina Orozco, the director of communications for Little Ceasars, said in a statement to Yahoo Lifestyle Tuesday. “Our hearts go out to Jordyn and her family and we wish her a speedy recovery. We are continuing to work with the customer and the franchisee of this store. At this time, we believe that all procedures were followed. As a precaution, we have a warning label on our pizza boxes. Our customers expect to receive fresh, hot pizza out of the oven.”

Dunn said the store manager called and left a voicemail Monday night.

“There was no apology or compassion for what happened to my daughter — my family is traumatized,” she said. “We change Jordyn’s bandages twice a day and she screams. We try to distract her by pretending the medical tape is fingernails and playing her favorite movie, ‘Annie.’”

Dunn has doubled down on her social media profiles about raising awareness about what happened.

“I won’t be quiet or back down until I know that kids are safe,” Dunn wrote on her Facebook page Tuesday. “Don’t serve a pizza at 400 -500 degrees and then tell me that it's HotNReady. I can’t eat that and parents are buying this product assuming that it's safe when IT’S NOT.”

Man pays $20 for abandoned storage unit filled with historic documents worth thousands 

An Arizona man paid $20 for an abandoned storage unit that turned out to be filled with historical documents and other valuable items worth thousands. 

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Don Smith found a collection of about 200 letters that once belonged to Henry Ellsworth Barbour, a California congressman from 1919 to 1933, the Arizona Republic reported

Among the epistles are two letters signed by President Herbert Hoover, White House invitations from President Warren Harding and an invitation to the groundbreaking ceremony of the Golden Gate bridge.

A gold pocket watch, valued at $1,200, could be the most expensive item. The items, estimated to be worth $10,000, will be sold at auction Friday.

Inspired by the show “Storage Wars,” Smith started buying lockers about eight years ago, the Arizona Republic reported

"This is the most interesting unit and the most historical unit I've found," Smith told the Republic. "I don't know if it's the most valuable yet, but for the amount I paid, it might be."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

VIDEO: Woman charged after leaving 2-year-old on stranger's doorstep, police say

UPDATE 4:58 p.m. EDT Oct. 18: The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said that during an investigation of a woman who left a a 2-year-old boy in front of a stranger’s house the found out she was a family friend.

“On the morning of October 18, 2018, the father was leaving his residence when he was approached by our media partners asking if he knew anything about the child,” authorities said in an update Thursday. “At that time, the father was shown the video and immediately identified the child as his son.”

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KTRK reported that the father told authorities that the mother of the child, who was in the hospital, texted the boy’s father to let him know a friend was going to drop off the boy at his home Wednesday afternoon. The father said he assumed plans changed when his son didn’t arrive and had left his house.

“The suspect in the video dropped the child off after the father had left his residence and at the wrong residence,” the Sheriff’s Office said. “The female in the video then left location without verifying anyone was home or who she was releasing the child to.”

The woman is being charged with felony child abandonment. Authorities are not releasing her name, KTRK reported.

Original report:

Police in Texas are investigating after a woman left a 2-year-old boy in front of a stranger’s house.

KTVT reported that deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in Spring, Texas, when a 911 caller said she heard a knock at her door. When she answered it, she found the child but no adult.

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“When deputies arrived they viewed video surveillance and observed a black female arrive at the residence in a white passenger car,” Lt. Scott Spencer, with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, said in a Thursday morning news release. “The suspect is observed running toward the front door of the residence while lifting the child in the air by one arm. Once the suspect arrives at the front door she rings the door bell, knocks on the door and then flees back to her vehicle abandoning the 2 year child and two bags she was carrying. The entire incident lasted 23 seconds.”

“The child is uninjured and appears to be in good health,” Spencer said, adding that Child Protective Services took custody of the boy.

In an update later Thursday morning, the Sheriff’s Office said the father of the child had been found. The identities of the woman and child have not been released.

“With the help of our local media and our community, the father of the abandoned child has been located.”

KTRK reported the identity of the child and said that the boy’s father lives next door to the house where the child was abandoned.

New vaccine could target aggressive form of breast cancer, study says

While there is no known cure for breast cancer, scientists are working on medicine that could be key for treating the disease, according to a new report.

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Researchers from the Mayo Clinic recently conducted a study to develop a vaccine that could eliminate cancer cells and potential disease recurrence. 

The vaccine helps the body resist the return of the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), a protein that can cause breast cancer. It should be used with Trastuzumab, an immune-stimulating drug given to women following HER2 tumor removal surgery. If successful, the researchers believe the vaccine could prevent the cancer from returning and spreading to other parts of the body.

Here’s exactly how it works:

The vaccination in combination with Trastuzumab works by activating the immune system's B-cells, which attack breast tumor cells with HER2. The process then triggers other groups of cells so that they that promote resistance to the recurrence of the illness. 

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“The vaccine provides a prevention strategy to deter cancer reformation,” coauthor Keith Knutson said in a statement. “The body's T-cells and B-cells synergize with each other for a strong, durable, immune response.”

The analysts found the medicine can cause mild responses like fatigue. For future research, they hope to find out how long immunity will last and whether it can be use to help target other cancerous cells.

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“The standard approaches to treating cancer address the existing disease,” Knutson said. “Our goal is to develop a strategy to address recurrence. We have good drugs, like Trastuzumab, that can interfere with the recurrence of HER2 breast cancer. Our hope is that a vaccine that engages multiple aspects of the body's own immune system will build on those successes.”

The researchers have received an $11 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense for further exploration.

Ready-to-eat salad recalled for possible salmonella, listeria 

Ready-to-eat salad with meat products that contain a corn ingredient have been recalled due to possible salmonella and listeria monocytogenes contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service

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More than 700 pounds of salad products were recalled by a Green Cove Springs, Florida, establishment known as GHSE LLC.

The possible contamination was discovered Oct. 15 after the establishment received a notification that the corn used was recalled by their corn supplier due to concerns over salmonella and listeria monocytogenes.

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The recalled salad was shipped to stores in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

"There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products," the USDA said. 

Details on the product recalled below:

  • The ready-to-eat salads with steak were produced from Oct. 11, 2018, through Oct. 14, 2018.
  • 15.25-oz. clear plastic clamshell packages containing “Marketside™ FIESTA SALAD WITH STEAK” and use by date from 10/17/2018 through 10/20/2018.
  • The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 45781” inside the USDA mark of inspection. 

Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a health care provider. 

Teacher accused of sexually abusing sixth-grade boy found dead

A Georgia teacher accused of sexually abusing a DeKalb County middle-school student was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday afternoon, police said.

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Zachary Meadors, 28, of Lawrenceville, was found dead in a vehicle in the 1200 block of Scenic Highway around 5:15 p.m., Gwinnett County police said in a news release.

He was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a sixth-grade male student at Freedom Middle School, according to an arrest warrant by DeKalb County police. He faced charges of child molestation, computer pornography and child exploitation, WSB-TV reported.

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He was a sixth-grade English teacher at the school in Stone Mountain, and he had worked there for two years, WSB-TV reported. He was placed on unpaid administrative leave on Friday.

His parents filed a missing persons report Monday with police after Meadors left letters and an iPad at his parents’ front door. He was last seen Saturday.

The missing persons report said Meadors apologized for his relationship with the student and asked his parents to divide his money among family members, WSB-TV reported.

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